Children's Books

Children's Must-Read Lists

  • BDSY 3 years +
    3 years +
    (5)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £11.99
    • Save £7.00
    The winner of Book People's Bedtime Story Competition 2016, Isabel Harris' The Moon Man is an exciting book and truly is one of a kind. It tells the tale of two sets of animal friends who view a scarecrow in very different ways...

    We asked children aged between 5 and 11 to let their imaginations run wild and write a picture book of between 200 and 800 words based around animals. This fantastic story, chosen by a panel of celebrity parents and publishing experts and illustrated by Ada Grey, is the judges' favourite and is perfect for reading at bedtime.

    Sold exclusively at BookPeople.co.uk, proceeds from this book will be donated to Action for Children, a UK charity which provides vital services, support and campaigns for disadvantaged children, young people and their families.
  • Mr. Men: The Complete Collection - 50 Books - Collection - 9781405255486 - Roger Hargreaves
    MENX Toddlers
    Roger Hargreaves
    Toddlers
    (35)
    • £29.99
    • RRP £149.50
    • Save £119.51
    • Just 60.00p per book
    Ever since the first books were published in 1971, Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Men have been an enduring favourite with children (and parents!) of all ages. The likes of Mr. Happy, Mr. Tickle, Mr. Bump and friends must rank as some of the most famous characters in children's books - and this beautiful box set features them all!

    With a mammoth 50 books to enjoy and a simply gorgeous, foiled display case, this collection will keep young readers entertained for a long, long time to come. The bold, bright illustrations and simple storylines make the Mr. Men stories fun and appealing to return to again and again.

    Familiar characters like Mr. Strong and Mr. Messy's books are also included in this vast box set, which is just perfect for adults and children to read and share together.
    Format: paperback
  • AAEAT 3 years +
    3 years +
    • £6.39
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £1.60

    Exuberantly colourful artwork and appealing animals make this rhythmic story the perfect introduction to looking and learning about colours. Each spread leads seamlessly into the next and young children will delight in Eric Carle's colourful collage animals and simple repetitive language. Fans of the author's The Very Hungry Caterpillar will love this stunning book.

  • VEL2 3 years +
    Margery Williams
    3 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    Margery Williams' The Velveteen Rabbit is a best-loved children's book that will strike a chord with readers of all ages.

    The importance of friendship and the affection that young children feel towards their favourite cuddly toys are subjects that are poignantly and heart-warmingly expressed in Margery Williams' classic tale.

    The Velveteen Rabbit hopes to become real as he has been told that if an owner truly loves their toy, the toy will become real forever! This little treasure would make a perfect present for parents and their toddlers.
  • Little Miss: The Complete Collection - 37 Books - Collection - 9780603570537 - Roger Hargreaves
    LMCC Toddlers
    Roger Hargreaves
    Toddlers
    (5)
    • £24.99
    • RRP £110.63
    • Save £85.64
    • Just 68.00p per book
    Everyone loves the Mr. Men and Little Miss stories. They've been bestsellers and firm favourites with children ever since Roger Hargreaves first introduced them in the 1970s - and with his son Adam Hargreaves taking over the mantle, they still entertain young readers and families around the world today.

    Our Little Miss Collection contains 37 books featuring familiar characters like Little Miss Sunshine, Little Miss Bossy and Little Miss Naughty. Fun-packed stories that are a delight to read through together and share, they'll make sure bedtime reading is full of laughter.

    Coming in a delightful display box, this collection also includes more recent additions to the Little Miss family - including Mr. Bump's equally clumsy sister Little Miss Whoops, the rather festive Little Miss Christmas and the simply adorable (and brand new) Little Miss Hug!
    Format: paperback
  • Big Box of Christmas Stories Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781848690745
    BBOC 3 years +
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £12.99
    • RRP £69.90
    • Save £56.91
    • Just £1.30 per book
    Sure to provide hours upon hours of reading fun for any future bookworm, this collection of beautifully illustrated, festive short stories will enthral young readers as they take their first steps into the wonderful world of books this Christmas.

    Containing ten stunning paperback books that are just perfect for sharing with your little ones at both playtime and bedtime (or any time, really), the Big Box of Christmas Stories gives everything children aged 3 and above need to fall in love with reading and learn about the true meaning of the festive season: heart-warming stories, stunning illustrations and fun, loveable characters.

    From The Best Christmas Ever to Silent Night and Lost in the Snow, this big box of even bigger laugh-out-loud adventures is just perfect for enjoying together with Mummy or Daddy as little ones' excitement for the big day builds.
  • TGT2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
    (5)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    Judith Kerr created a best-loved children's classic with her story The Tiger Who Came to Tea, delighting generations of young children.

    The gentle illustrations coupled with the slightly anarchic story have unbeatable child-appeal and make this a perfect book to read aloud. If you haven't invited the tiger into your home yet, do so without delay!

    Toddlers from 1+ will love the big striped hero and his naughty antics.
  • Julia Donaldson Audio Collection - 10 CDs - Collection - 9781447253235 - Julia Donaldson
    GFCD 3 years +
    Julia Donaldson
    3 years +
    (27)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £40.00
    • Save £30.01
    • Just £1.00 per book
    The Gruffalo has become one of the most-loved children's characters of all time and this 10-CD collection brings him, and many of his equally brilliant friends from Julia Donaldson's collection of books, to life in audio format.

    Perfect for long journeys and for keeping children entertained whatever the weather, among those delivering the soothing, rhyming stories are Imelda Staunton, Alexander Armstrong and even Julia Donaldson herself!

    A Squash and a Squeeze is a charming story; while Room on the Broom is hilarious; and The Snail and the Whale is quite rightly regarded as a children's classic. There is even The Gruffalo Song and Other Songs included, a CD which contains some of Julia's very own fun-filled action songs for children aged 3 and over.
  • MTFC2 3 years +
    Judith Kerr
    3 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    With her Mog the cat stories, Judith Kerr created a classic children's book character who has won lots of admirers over the years.

    Cuddly, grey-and-white cat Mog always seems to be in trouble for her forgetfulness. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she has already eaten her supper. But one night her forgetfulness proves really useful.

    Although first published over 40 years ago, Judith Kerr's story, starring this lovable, accident-prone cat is still making children aged 3 and over laugh out loud.
  • LAX2 Toddlers
    Jill Murphy
    Toddlers
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    Jill Murphy is an award-winning author and illustrator and her first picture book, Peace At Last, is a lively, fun book to share with babies and toddlers. Mr Bear is finding it hard to sleep, what with the distractions of Mrs Bear's snores, the dripping kitchen tap and annoying owls hooting loudly in the garden. There are lots of laughs to be had reading this noisy book out loud and babies and toddlers from 1+ will return to it again and again. Fans of Peace At Last will also enjoy Jill Murphy's Five Minutes' Peace.
  • The Little Miss Collection: 20 Books in a Box - Collection - 9780603572913 - Roger Hargreaves
    LMIT 3 years +
    Roger Hargreaves
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £9.99
    • RRP £59.80
    • Save £49.81
    • Just 50.00p per book
    This tray of Little Miss books will bring a smile to the face of your children that is just as big as Little Miss Sunshine's.

    Favourites with children for many years, there are 20 books to enjoy and all of the most popular characters are featured, including Little Miss Naughty, Little Miss Chatterbox and Little Miss Trouble.

    The brilliant value of this collection is simply unbelievable and the tray-shaped box makes it convenient for storing. A lovely collection for any fans of Roger Hargreaves' creations.
  • LFD2 3 years +
    Oliver Jeffers
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    Simple and heart-warming, Oliver Jeffers' picture book, Lost and Found, is an uplifting story, dealing with loneliness and friendship.

    The stylish illustrations will appeal to adults and their youngsters and make reading Lost and Found an absolute delight. When a small boy finds a penguin on his doorstep, he decides to return him home to the South Pole. But when they arrive at their destination, the penguin looks so sad, the boy is unable to leave him..

    This is a captivating story that children aged three and over will love to hear again, and again, and again!
  • The World of Peter Rabbit Complete Collection - 23 Books - Collection - 9780723275923 - Beatrix Potter
    WOPR 3 years +
    3 years +
    (19)
    • £34.99
    • RRP £137.77
    • Save £102.78
    • Just £1.52 per book
    Beautifully presented in hardback and featuring the classic white jackets, this complete boxed collection of Beatrix Potter's beloved Peter Rabbit books is a must for every child - and will make the perfect Christmas or christening gift.

    Having enchanted young readers for generations, the timeless books in this charming set also include publisher's notes describing how she worked with her publisher to create the charming stories.

    Format: hardback
    Every hardback book in this collection has dimensions of 140 x 105mm
  • Julia Donaldson Picture Book Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9781509801251 - Julia Donaldson
    JDZB 3 years +
    3 years +
    (36)
    • £12.99
    • RRP £69.90
    • Save £56.91
    • Just £1.30 per book
    The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child, Room on the Broom... when it comes to books for toddlers, Julia Donaldson can't be beaten and you'll find all these and more in this brilliant 10-book collection.

    Sure to quickly become bedtime favourites, our collection also includes Julia Donaldson stories that may not be as well known but are just as delightful. With flowing, rhyming copy and illustrations from the likes of Axel Scheffler, Rebecca Cobb and Emily Gravett, we just know your toddlers will love The Snail and the Whale, The Paper Dolls and Cave Baby.

    Stories to be returned to time and time again and perfect for shared reading, you will not find these amazing picture books at a lower price. A must for any young reader!

    Format: Paperback
  • Hairy Maclary - Collection - 9780670913862 - Lynley Dodd
    ACZMD 3 years +
    Lynley Dodd
    3 years +
    • £11.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £3.00
    • Just £2.40 per book
    This is a deliciously chunky hardback gift edition of five Hairy Maclary stories from the first, "Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy" to "Hairy Maclary's Rumpus at the Vet".
  • OWZ2 Toddlers
    Martin Waddell
    Toddlers
    (3)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    This charming tale starring some very cute baby owls is perfect for sharing with any youngster.

    The reassuring story is ideal for helping to calm little ones who have ever worried about Mummy leaving them alone, as Sarah, Percy and Bill wake up in their tree hole to find their mother has gone.

    As darkness closes in the owls start to worry but she soon joyfully returns and their fears disappear. Beautifully illustrated, this book will warm the heart of any grown-up enjoying it with a child.
  • FUO2 3 years +
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    There was a big skeleton, a little skeleton and a dog skeleton - woof! Well-loved author Allan Ahlberg teamed up with Andre Amstutz to create this hilarious collection of skeleton stories, featuring The Ghost Train, Bumps in the Night and Skeleton Crew in one bumper book.

    Full of jokes and with a simple, repetitive text that will help build reading skills, Funnybones: A Brilliant Bone-rattling Collection! will appeal to young children and entertain parents or family members who remember the classic animated TV series.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
  • Miffy Collection with Plush Toy - 10 Books - Collection - 9781471160684 - Dick Bruna
    MIFY Toddlers
    Toddlers
    (3)
    • £11.99
    • RRP £49.90
    • Save £37.91
    • Just £1.20 per book
    Coming with a cute little key ring-sized cuddly toy, this 10-book collection of Miffy books finds the famous bunny learning to ride a bike; celebrating a birthday; and having fun in the snow.

    Dick Bruna's iconic artwork is accompanied by new text from the award-winning poet, Tony Mitton. Working closely with the Dutch publisher so they retain the classic feel of the stories, these books are bursting with warmth and friendliness.

    An iconic character from children's books, Miffy enjoys seeing the animals at the zoo; prepares for the arrival of a new baby brother or sister; and heads off to the seaside - all familiar situations children will love reading about.
  • AHRFJ 3 years +
    Raymond Briggs
    3 years +
    (1)
    • £7.89
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £0.10
    Everyone's favourite snowman, with a sparkly glitter cover and introduction by Raymond Briggs. One winter's night, a snowman comes to life and an unforgettable adventure begins. Raymond Briggs' favourite classic is a true piece of Christmas magic - narrated entirely through pictures, it captures the wonder and innocence of childhood and is now recognised throughout the world. In 2012 the 30th anniversary of The Snowman was celebrated with a brand new half-hour animation The Snowman and the Snowdog. It introduced a new adorable character, can you guess who? That's right, a lovable snow puppy!
  • Ben & Holly's Little Kingdom: Little Library - Collection - 9781409305323
    BHG2 Toddlers
    Toddlers
    (1)
    • £2.99
    • RRP £4.99
    • Save £2.00
    • Just 50.00p per book
    Ben Elf and Princess Holly invite young children to discover the joys of books and develop a love of reading in this little library.

    Featuring six little books in a sturdy slipcase, this collection provides the perfect introduction to Ben and Holly's Little Kingdom - an enchanting place where flowers and grasses rise above the tallest towers.
  • DLU2 3 years +
    Claire Freedman
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    Dinosaurs disappeared millions of years ago but the actual events have remained a mystery until now...

    In this uproarious follow-up to the Richard & Judy Children's Book Club winner, Aliens Love Underpants, find out why dinosaurs became extinct as those crazy dinos fight for the best underpants!
  • PFD2 3 years +
    Peter Yarrow
    3 years +
    (2)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £3.00
    A timeless tale, we love Puff the Magic Dragon at Red House and just know your little one will, too.

    If they're not familiar with the magical story and famous song, then prepare for them to be delighted as they get to know the words and sing along with the free CD, featuring the vocals of Peter Yarrow from Peter, Paul and Mary!

    Beautifully produced, the story features gorgeous and atmospheric paintings from Eric Puybaret and is sure to quickly become an enchanting family favourite.
  • AADYR 3 years +
    Jeanne Willis
    3 years +
    • £5.59
    • RRP £6.99
    • Save £1.40
    Join Jeanne Willis in the funniest talent show ever. In a fabulous rhyming text, meet bears with baggy bottoms, pigs with perky pinky ones and peacocks who love to put theirs on display. Perfect for reading aloud and guaranteed to cause fits of giggles, one thing's for sure - whoever is the winner, bottoms are top! This title is from the dynamic duo behind "Bottoms Up"!
  • WWM2 3 years +
    Maurice Sendak
    3 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £7.99
    • Save £4.00
    One of the classic children's books, Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are is pretty much the perfect bedtime read.

    Max doesn't want to go to bed and finds himself travelling to a faraway, mystical land full of monsters who roar and gnash their terrible teeth. It's a little frightening but so much fun!

    Bold and stylish, funny and ultimately heart-warming, the book is full of toddler appeal and was memorably adapted into a hit film by Spike Jonze.

    This paperback edition of the Caldecott Medal-winning story will be returned to time and time again by toddlers who love mystery and adventure.